Drug Overdose – When the Emergency Room Trumps the Rehab Center

How to Tell if Someone has Overdosed

Seeing a loved one go through overdose symptoms can be truly frightening, especially when some of the more serious symptoms strike. Nonetheless, if you do not know what you are looking out for or why, you might simply assume that the person is having some kind of different health issue and you may end up not getting them the help they need for their drug abuse problem.

Overdosing on drugs comes with a plethora of visible side effects. If someone has taken far too many drugs for their body to handle, they will more often than not experience or exhibit multiple symptoms, including the following:

  • Passing out
  • Loss of perception
  • Not responding
  • Seizure
  • Tremors
  • Convulsions
  • Irritation
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Violent behavior
  • High body temperatures
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blue extremities
  • Drowning sounds
  • Breathing difficulties, including stopped breathing
  • Pupil dilation
  • Chest pain
  • Babbling
  • Severe incoordination


Get Immediate Help for an Overdose

Should you suspect that a loved one has overdosed on drugs, you need to act immediately and get them help. This isn’t a time to worry about whether they will get in trouble for using a substance, especially since overdose so often leads to death when people aren’t treated right away.

For a drug overdose, take the person to the nearest emergency room. Your quick action in doing so may be the difference between life and death for them.


After the Overdose has Been Handled

Watching someone go through an overdose and getting them treatment at the emergency room might seem like the problem has finally ended, but there is a good chance that the person has an addiction to drugs of some kind. Once they are out of the hospital for the overdose, contact us to determine the best course of action. We will help discover if the overdose was a one-time thing or whether a drug addiction is present.


How to Find the Best South Florida Rehab Centers

Let’s get the record straight: South Florida is probably best remembered throughout the country for what it was in the 80s. It was a drug capital, exploited on famous TV shows and movies as a center for classy people and addicts. But fast forward three decades and we haven’t escaped the shadow those years cast. Drug addiction may have been in vogue once, but it is a disease, and must be treated.

People with drug addiction are people in need of help, and rehab centers are the single best way to provide that help. Rehab can be a difficult process for anyone, and it is important that the person suffering addiction gets it as soon as they’re ready to accept help. If you’re fortunate enough to have multiple centers in proximity to your location, ‘shopping’ for the right place can be helpful, but remember that the healing can only begin if they’re in the rehab center.


Family and Group Therapy

One of the greatest comforts to addicts is that they are not alone in their struggle for their life. Many addiction centers have programs for family therapy, which brings the afflicted one’s loved ones in to work through the complex emotions involved in being close to someone who needed help. There are also group therapy sessions, where people with addictions can see others in the exact same situation that they are in, and can find comfort in seeing others braving the process of becoming clean.


Medicinal Aspects of the Healing Process

For hard substance abuse, addicts are even more at risk during the healing process than most others in their situation. Fortunately, there are options even for these difficult cases. Like nicotine patches for nicotine addicts, rehab centers will carry chemicals designed to make the suffering of withdrawal a bit more bearable.


To begin the journey to a life free of substance abuse, contact us at 1st Step Behavioral Health and take the next step in your life.